B.A., Radio/Television, University of Iowa
M.A., Mass Communication Theory, University of Iowa
Ph.D., Radio/Television/Film, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Carbonara was born and raised in Chicago. He first started studying narrative and documentary television and film production at the University of Iowa, where he earned both his BA and MA degrees. In between these two degrees, Dr. Carbonara was hired to do lighting design for a network syndicated public affairs show for ABC-TV. In 1980, he began work as a cinematographer and Director of Remote Productions for Columbia Pictures/Editel Chicago where he also served as an online editor and worked over one hundred TV commercial spots and industrial films for a number of advertising agencies and their top clients. He then went on to work freelance on a number of commercials and TV shows in the Chicago area, including early TV concerts for HBO where he worked free-lance as a Director of Photography. His expertise led him to work in corporate video for Caterpillar Tractor Company as a Producer/Director/Cinematographer and Editor. His film and video production experience would lead him to Sony, where he became the first Product Manager of High Definition Video Systems for the TV and cinema industries and in 1985 worked on the first high definition short film with John Hora, ASC called Arrival, produced by the American Film Institute, starring Robert Downey, Jr. In addition, Dr. Carbonara worked as the HD technical advisor on the first HD compositing tests done in Hollywood with John Dykstra, ASC. From this experience, he became a Digital HD technical consultant for Apogee, Inc. working with Dykstra and John Erland, Associate Member of the ASC. In 1989 he received a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Transitioning from Sony, Dr. Carbonara went to teach cinematography and post-production as a Professor of Film and Digital Media at Baylor University, where along with his colleague, Dr. Michael Korpi, he worked on numerous Christian documentaries and experimental HD and film tests for digital cinema over the years for the SMPTE and NAB (i.e., Fast Cars I and II). In addition, together Drs. Carbonara and Korpi developed the certification process for the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) by using their extensive library of Baylor original HD footage and transcoding these assets into of dozens of variations of MPEG 2 test materials. Over the last few decades, Dr. Carbonara, along with his colleague, Dr. Korpi have produced a variety of documentaries and camera test research shorts shot all over the world with their award-winning students along with numerous short narrative films and music videos produced by his classes.
Dr. Carbonara currently serves as a Professor of Film and Digital Media and the Director of the Digital Communication Technologies Project at Baylor University that is currently working on research with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) about High Frame Rate Digital Cinema Imaging, High Dynamic Range Imaging, augmented and virtual reality, and new immersive visual 3D environments. He is also Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, a “think and do” tank for creativity and innovation. During his tenure at Baylor, Professor Carbonara served as the Associate Vice-President for Technology Management and Executive Director of the Institute for Technology Innovation Management for the university. He has also served as Chief Technology Officer for the Texas State Technical College System (TSTC) as well as the Director of New Technology and Community Networks for the Cross Border Institute for Regional Development (CBIRD) Project, led by the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin fostering cultural media arts development and technology forecasting between the United States and Mexico.
Professor Carbonara serves in a variety of capacities (as a co-chair, vice-chair, or member) on numerous state, national and international engineering committees, working groups, subcommittees and panels for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R). He had been a long time member of the American Society of Lighting Designers (ASLD) started by George Spiro Dibie, ASC. He also served as an U.S. Delegate appointed by the US Department of State and the White House to the ITU-R on topics ranging from High Definition Television to Digital Cinema. In the March 2000 issue, Texas Monthly distinguished Dr. Carbonara as one of the “…Most Powerful Texans in High Tech.” He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers for his contributions to the development of high definition television.
Most recently, Dr. Carbonara was the recipient of the 2013 NAT Tiffen Award for Outstanding Educational Contribution to the Art and Craft of Cinematography, Emerging Cinematographer Award by the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE 600 at the American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse. In addition, Dr. Carbonara was also the recipient of the State of Texas Congressional Resolution 13R2834 stating formal congratulations from the State of Texas for winning the Nat Tiffen Award and in appreciation for the educational and research contributions he has made to the State of Texas.
Dr. Carbonara is involved in a variety of research projects and article publications along with his colleagues at Baylor (Drs. Korpi and Shafer) including work on in-venue HD production for stadiums, companion apps for videogames, advanced imaging technologies for the International Space Station, HD and Digital Cinema 3D for sports and entertainment, augmented and virtual reality in sports training and rich media environments, and the impact of social networking and research on immersion and presence in videogames and simulations. He has published in numerous scientific and professional journals and books himself and with his colleagues, Drs. Korpi and Shafer, including papers for the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and Presence: Journal of teleoperators and virtual environments from MIT. Most recently, he and his colleague, Dr. Dan Shafer, now have a series of published articles in regarding the social impact of videogame interfaces on the videogame experience and were awarded both 1st an 2nd place in an international paper competition led by the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) on similar topics. Currently, Dr. Carbonara is working on a research study with Drs. Shafer and Korpi dealing with Cybersickness and Gender and recently completed a manuscript with Dr. Korpi and Jim DeFilippis based on Baylor University’s high frame rate (HFR) tests at 120fps for the film industry for IBC 2015.
Dr. Carbonara is frequently asked to speak all over the world on a variety of leading edge technologies including digital content creation and distribution, digital cinematography and post-production, digital color correction, digital visual effects, the socio-economic and socio-cultural impact of media, videogame futures, sensor networks, immersive videogame environments, video compression, creative and innovative management of technology and the diffusion of innovations. To sum up his education, Professor Carbonara is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a B.A. in Radio/Television (1976) and a M.A. in Mass Communication Theory (1980). He is also a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Ph.D. in Radio/Television/Film (1989).